What’s New in Paris: Pasolini Roma

January 8, 2014By Heidi EllisonWhat's New Potpourri

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Pier Paolo Pasolini and Anna Magnani on the set of “Mamma Roma,” 1962. © Immagine fotografica dell’Archivio Storico Istituto Luce Cinecittà SRL

The exhibition “Pasolini Roma” at the Cinémathèque Française (51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris; tel.: 01 71 19 33 33; through Jan. 26) takes visitors on a lively tour of Rome as seen through the life of the controversial – for his politics and open homosexuality – Italian filmmaker and writer. Beginning with the train he took to the Italian capital in 1950, the show follows him from poor suburb to a modern highrise, from film to film (among them Accatone, Mamma Roma and the Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom), from trial to trial and from book to book, ending with his still-mysterious murder on a beach near Rome in 1975. The show’s creative presentation includes film clips, photos, screenplays, video interviews, artworks by Pasolini and others, maps of Rome, newspaper clippings and even a real Fiat with a movie projected on the windscreen. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, this website reproduces many of the documents. Heidi Ellison


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